Afseth beats Coben to claim Men’s Northern Amateur title

Kristen McEwen
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Taylor Afseth walked away with his first Men’s Northern Amateur title over Colin Coben after going to an extra hole on Monday.

“I just went through the routine I’ve gone through my whole life,” Afseth said.

In the championship flight match play final game, Afseth knew from his drive on the extra hole that he had a chance to win.

After Delisle’s Coben failed to sink his putt, Afseth effortlessly sank his own for the win.

Saskatoon’s Afseth held the lead over Coben for the beginning of the match play, staying one stroke below Coben for the first two holes. He extended his lead in on the third hole and again on the fifth hole to three strokes below Coben.

On the seventh, Coben came back, sinking the ball in four strokes, one less than Afseth.

“I had him down early,” Afseth said. “I was three up early and then he started clawing back.”

The two competitors were tied stroke for stroke on the 17th hole, which remained the same on the 18th, forcing the game to continue to another hole.

This was the first time Afesth has ever competed in the prestigious golf tournament, which featured 140 golfers in the qualifying round that took place on Saturday. Afseth’s hit a 74 for the qualifying round. Coben hit a 71.

Coben defeated Elwin Cameron in his semifinal match. Afseth took on Ashley Ziegeman in the semifinals before meeting Coben on the green for the final.

“Everything’s kind of going so fast right now,” Afseth, 21, said after composing his thoughts. “I know it’s a big tournament, it’s my first time playing it.”

“There are a lot of good players here,” he added. “Colin’s won it I think five times so I feel privileged. “

Afseth previously won the Junior Lobstick Crown in 2011.

Geographic location: Saskatoon

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